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Lyon-Turin High Speed Rail (HSR) [free access]

March 1, 2018

Key players: Tunnel Euralpin Lyon-Turin (TELT) is a Franco-Italian company created in 2015 for the construction and management of the Lyon-Turin HSR. TELT is owned by France’s Ministry of Economy and Finances (50 per cent) and Italy’s Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (50 per cent).


Project description: Development of a cross border HSR line connecting Italy and France as part of the European Union’s (EU’s) Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) Mediterranean Corridor. The line is the main missing link in the Mediterranean Corridor, which will connect south-western Europe with central and Eastern Europe.


Background: The cross border section will span 65 km from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (France) to Susa/Bussoleno (Italy). It comprises a 57.5-km long double tunnel under the Alps from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in France to the Susa in Italy. The tunnel will span 45 km on the French side and 12 km on the Italian side.


The works had been stalled in July 2017 because of lack of funds; it was resumed in September 2017. Construction of the base tunnel is expected to begin in 2018 and be completed within 10 years. Revenue service is expected to commence in 2030.


Freight trains will be operated at a maximum speed of 100 km/hr and passengers trains at 220 km/hr.


Key contractors: In February 2017, TELT awarded three project management contracts of a total value of EUR90 million. The contractors include:



Lot 1 covers the 24-km section from Villarodin-Bourget to Modane descent. Two tunnel boring machines will drive the base tunnels up to 2,000 metres below the ground.



Lot 2 includes two single-track parallel tunnels of a total length of 22.1 km between Saint-Martin-La-Porte and La Praz in the French Alps.



Cost: The project cost of EUR26.1 billion will be funded by the European Union (40 per cent), Government of Italy (35 per cent) and Government of France (25 per cent).


In January 2017, the Governments of France and Italy ratified the agreement to construct the line at an investment of EUR26.1 billion.


Journey time: The line is expected to reduce the journey time between Lyon and Turin from three hours and 43 minutes to one hour and 47 minutes.


Ridership: Annual ridership on the route is expected to be 4.5 million passengers.


Recent development:


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